V.I.B. (very impressive book) Picks
Every now and then we encounter a new book that we’re so excited about we want to shout it from the rooftops, so we've created a special tag to distinguish it from the rest: Tattered Cover V.I.B. (very impressive book)! That means it’s a true stand-out in a season of many excellent and compelling new books.
Our latest selection is:
The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown
If Edith Wharton were alive today she would be an admirer of Eleanor Brown and her compelling and thought provoking new novel The Light of Paris. Like Wharton, Brown's protagonists strain against the constraints and conventional expectations of their families and social circles: Madeleine in 1999 and her grandmother Margie 80 years earlier. Post Great War Paris provides a gorgeous backdrop for Margie's emancipation and Madeleine's enlightenment many years later. I was enraptured by both of these women, rooting for them, their art and personal freedom. Thank you, Eleanor Brown, for giving readers a great story and compelling characters. Their struggles and triumphs ring true and will resonate with many, many readers. I can't wait to put The Light of Paris in the hands of my customers. --Cathy Langer, Director of Buying, Tattered Cover Book Store
Purchase this and previous V.I.B.s below:
Bestselling British writer Tessa Hadley's The Past brings four middle-aged siblings and their families together for what might be their last summer holiday in the family's country home. Old family dynamics and surprising new twists make for a delightful, entertaining and thought-provoking novel. Hadley's storytelling deftly weaves the family's past, with all its ghosts and memories, jealousies and nearly unconditional love in with its present reality of squabbling and deep affection. Each player in The Past is uniquely engaging: from fading beauty Alice with her ex-boyfriend's 20 year old son Kasim, in tow, sister Frans's odd and captivating young children Ivy and Arthur, Harriet, lonely and harboring a dark and secret longing, and all the others, each with an agenda, all under one roof. The perfect storm for an utterly wonderful, brilliantly crafted novel. The Telegraph calls The Past keenly intelligent, and I certainly agree. A wonderful way to begin your reading year. -- Cathy Langer, Tattered Cover Lead Buyer